FRANKLYWNOW - Boston officials plan for possible rain on July Fourth

Boston officials plan for possible rain on July Fourth

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12`3 - BOSTON (WHDH) - As the Fourth of July approaches and the Boston Pops practice, emergency responders are preparing for some possible wild weather.

The preparations at the Esplanade are going strong for an event made famous by former Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler but organizers now are focusing on another Arthur.

“I want to dispel rumor Tropical Depression Arthur, if it becomes that, the last name of Arthur is not Fiedler,” Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said. " would like to do it today if we could assemble the crowd fast enough. I know we can predict the weather the next 12 hours."

Two years ago it wasn't a hurricane but a thunderstorm that lit up the Boston skyline and forced hundreds of thousands on the Esplanade to evacuate to the tunnels on Storrow Drive to wait it out.

The fireworks still went off once the downpours subsided. This year the focus is on Tropical Storm Arthur.

“We’ll have to see what happens to the weather, hopefully the storm goes out to sea,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is keeping its eye on Arthur's path as it moves up the coast right toward New England. Officials have also hired a private company to make weather-related decisions.

While the state police says it's still too early to decide what happens, part of their security plan this year does include the potential of an evacuation, causing officials to restrict bicycles from the Lagoon to the Hatch Shell.

“We are going to prohibit bicycles from restricted areas,” State Police Col. Timothy Alben said. “If we had to evacuate, for example, if you’ve been here at night and seen 600-thousand people trying to get over bridges and out of the restricted areas it is extremely difficult for people on foot to do that. Bikes are just an added hazard we’d like to try to eliminate.”

Workers on the fireworks barge are also making sure that all fireworks and electronics are protected from the rain.

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